What does it mean to be an “Open” BMS?

Credit to Author: Wendy Torell| Date: Thu, 20 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000

As societal and business pressures continue to push building owners and operators to improve the efficiency, sustainability, productivity, and tenant experience of their buildings, the role of the BMS is… Read more »

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Schneider Electric Partners with REV to Deliver the First Services-Oriented Medium Voltage Drive in Western Canada

Credit to Author: Anthony Arrigucci| Date: Wed, 19 May 2021 16:00:55 +0000

Introduces the AltivarTM Process ATV6000 for the Canadian Market Schneider Electric and Calgary-based REV have teamed up to bring Western Canada improved operational control with AltivarTM Process ATV6000. ATV6000, a services-oriented medium… Read more »

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The work-from-home employee’s bill of rights

Credit to Author: Galen Gruman| Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800

Remote work became the new normal quickly as COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns came into force in spring 2020, and it’s clear that after the pandemic recedes, remote work will remain the norm for many employees — as much as half the deskbound “white collar” workforce, various research firms estimate. As a result of the sudden lockdowns, many employees had to create makeshift workspaces, buy or repurpose personal equipment, and figure out how to use new software and services to be able to keep doing their jobs.

Users and IT departments alike made Herculean efforts to adapt quickly and ensure business continuity, and the result was an improvement in productivity despite the pandemic. But now the pandemic has become a longer-term phenomenon, and remote work will become more commonplace, even desirable as a way to save on office expenses and commute time, even after the pandemic subsides.

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Chrome vs. Edge vs. Firefox: Which is the best browser for business?

Credit to Author: Preston Gralla| Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2021 03:00:00 -0800

What’s the most important piece of productivity software in the business world? Some might say the office suite. But if you look at the time spent actually using software, the answer may well be the web browser. It’s where people do most of their fact-finding and research.

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Easing into the new year with a modest January Patch Tuesday

Credit to Author: Greg Lambert| Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:47:00 -0800

Microsoft rolled into 2021 with a fairly benign update cycle for Windows and Microsoft Office systems, delivering 83 updates for January.

Yes, there is an update to Windows defender (CVE-2021-1647) that has been reported as exploited. Yes, there has been a publicly disclosed issue (CVE-2021-1648) in the Windows printing subsystem. But there are no Zero-days and no “Patch Now” recommendations for this month. There are, however, a large number of feature and functionality groups “touched” by these updates; we recommend a comprehensive test of printing and key graphics areas before general Windows update deployment.

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Safety Is Sustainability

Credit to Author: Constantine Lau| Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2020 15:00:50 +0000

Ask any member of the oil and gas (O&G) industry what their main concern is and the most common response is occupational health and safety. Any business is vulnerable to… Read more »

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The New Normal: When work-from-home means the boss is watching

Credit to Author: Matthew Finnegan| Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 03:00:00 -0700

In the midst of a pandemic that’s led to unprecedented levels of remote working, digital tools to monitor employees in real time are gaining popularity among companies looking for new ways to track employee productivity. At the same time, the trend raises concerns about employee privacy and how far companies should be allowed to go to keep tabs on their workers.

Applications such as StaffCop, Teramind, Hubstaff, CleverControl, and Time Doctor include real-time activity tracking, can take screenshots of workers’ computers at regular intervals, do keystroke logging, and record screens. In some cases, the tracking tools can be installed without the knowledge of employees. Companies say they’re focused on transparency and productivity, but privacy groups decry draconian “Big Brother” moves made possible by technology. (Computerworld reached out to several of the vendors for comment; they either did not return messages or could not provide someone to discuss their software.)

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A phenomenal Android privacy feature you probably forget to use

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:51:00 -0700

It’s amazing how many useful Android features get buried in the operating system and then forgotten over time.

When you stop and think about it, it’s also kind of inevitable: With every passing year, Android grows increasingly robust and complex, as more advanced options make their way into the software. So it’s only logical that certain elements will become out of sight and out of mind and get lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way.

One such item jumped out at me the other day, triggering an immediate “AHAH!” in this rusty ol’ noggin of mine as I remembered its existence and then scolded myself for forgetting to use it all this time. It’s a little somethin’ called Android Guest Mode, and it first showed up way back in the Android 5.0 (Lollipop) era of 2014.

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